Monthly Archives: September 2014
[H/T Inspiring Philosophy]
The above video presents the following argument:
1. For all p, if p is unknowable, then p is necessarily false (premise).
2. The proposition “God does not exist”, is necessarily unknowable (premise).
3. Therefore, the proposition “God does not exist”, is necessarily false.
I find this argument interesting, especially since (1) is very similar to a crucial premise in my knowability argument for omniscience. So my premise states: (∀p)(p ⊃ ◊(∃x)Kxp), or for all p, if p is true, then it is possible that p is known by someone. The modal epistemic argument above tells us something like: (∀p)(~◊(∃x)Kxp) ⊃ □~p). It would be interesting if one could derive the existence of omniscient mind, and the existence of God from two independent arguments that utilize the same knowability premise. This means that knowability really stands against the naturalist, and I think some good arguments can be made to support it. My ears perked up when the narrator mentioned some of the realists and idealists who would be willing to grant the knowability premise: Aristotle and Hegel. I’ve noticed that anti-realists like Dummett and realists like Aquinas also endorse the knowability premise. So, it is something to consider.
Here is my recent contribution to Attack of the P-Zombies. Enjoy!
We’ve all met them. Usually they are fresh off of a critical thinking, or informal logic course. They are the fallacy mongers. Taught to identify informal fallacies in headlines and textbooks, they begin to “see” fallacies at every turn. And suffering them in any conversion is nearly intolerable. For those unfamiliar, I am talking about people who behave like this. Now, I am not saying that it isn’t important to be able to know and be able to identify informal fallacies. It is. But it can also become a hammer that turns all arguments into nails. This is especially dangerous because informal fallacies tend to be vaguely defined, and often resemble perfectly good methods of reasoning. Pro-tip: When you encounter such people, inform them that it is not sufficient to merely burp up fallacies at you. Ask them to explain to you what the fallacy means, and specifically how…
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